American astronaut Nick Haig is preparing for the upcoming flight to the ISS, which will take place on March 1, 2019. He said that for him is the most important during the flight. The first attempt, we recall, ended with a launch vehicle crash, which could have led to the death of Nick and his colleague Alexei Ovchinin.
A briefing was held last Wednesday, during which a 43-year-old NASA employee answered questions from journalists. One of the press asked what Haig was most expecting from a future flight. He answered unpretentiously that reaching the orbit was just that.
For almost every astronaut to become a member of the crew of the International Space Station is the crown of a career, and Nick estimates exactly the same. He added that he really wants to go out into outer space during his business trip and feel fully on himself that there is weightlessness.
After the terrible accident of the "Union" in October, Haig underwent additional training, which is necessarily carried out before each start. Despite what happened, the astronaut relies entirely on NASA and Roscosmos employees, whose professionalism he values very highly.
“I have no doubt that the implementation of the ISS program will, as before, be carried out, and it will be done as safely for astronauts as possible,” said Haig.
Nick Haig will go to the ISS on March 1, 2019, and with it will make up the new crew Russian Alexey Ovchinin and American Christina Koch. The expedition is scheduled for six months.
At the last briefing, the compatriot of Haig Christina Koch also spoke. She said that she underwent a long and difficult training before getting a prestigious position in the ISS crew. An American is going to put into practice everything she has learned.
Who is at the station now?
Currently, Anne McClain is at the station, who was studying the same course as Haig and Koch. Fate so interestingly decreed that very soon the whole trio would be together in orbit. The astronauts themselves admit that they did not expect such a reversal.
At the moment, there are six astronauts and cosmonauts on the ISS: Russians Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopiev, representatives of the United States of America Serina Aunion and Ann Charlotte McClain, David Saint-Jacques from Canada and crew commander German Alexander Gerst. On December 20, the old crew will go to Earth, completing their mission.